The Canadiens have signed free agent leftwinger Alain Berger to a three year contract. The 6’4” 208 pound Berger scored 29 goals in his second and final year with the Oshawa Generals this season. Berger was born in Burgdorf, Switzerland. He will likely be joining the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs for the rest of this season.
He was playing in Oshawa as an overage junior this season. Berger was not taken in his draft year after he missed almost thirty games with a broken ankle suffered in an Swiss exhibition game in December 2009 prior to the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Scouting reports list Berger as hard-nosed (he had 86PIM this season) with good hands. Likes to use his size in front of the net a la Tomas Holmstrom (14 of his 26 goals on the power play). Needs to work on his skating.
Berger becomes the third player carrying a Swiss passport in the Canadiens organization, including defenseman Yannick Weber and Hamilton backup goaltender Robert Mayer.
From the Canadiens Publicity Department
MONTREAL (April 8, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing
of free agent left winger Alain Berger to a three-year contract (2011-12 to 2013-14). As per club policy, financial
terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Berger registered 52 points (29 goals and 23 assists) in 65 games this season with the Ontario Hockey League
(OHL) Oshawa Generals. Fourteen of his goals were scored on the power play and one while shorthanded. He
added 86 penalty minutes and displayed a +19 plus/minus differential. The 20-year old forward has registered five
points (4 goals, 1 assist) thus far in six playoff contests.
In two complete seasons with the Generals, the 6’4’’, 209 lbs forward, hailing from Burgdorf in Switzerland,
totaled 85 points (48 goals, 37 assists) with 142 penalty minutes in 109 games.
Berger also played with Bern of the Swiss National League A and with the Neuchatel Young-Sprinters of the
Swiss National League B, in 2007-08 and 2008-09.